Last week I attended the IT All-Campus Conference at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. There were a number of tracks attendees could take and I chose the Accessibility route.
Here’s a random assortment of takeaways from the Accessibility track:
- Accessibility is about access, not disability.
- Making site accessibly a priority makes the site better for everyone
- How does your website perform for a student studying for his finals?
- How does your website look when it’s printed?
- Get in line with A, then AA, then AAA
- The way I see my website is not the way you see my website.
- Students shut off images to save data on their plan.
- Have you looked at your website with a color blindness simulator?
- If you say required fields will be red and the user can’t see red, you need to do it a different way.
- high contrast, and large fonts to address cataracts.
- add whitespace for glaucoma patients.
- Provide transcripts as they are mandatory. Make sure your captions match the audio, not just a script that has been prepared ahead of time.
- 75 char or less in line length. Increase line height to 1 and a half height.
- Space out navigation on mobile.
- Turn your pdfs into webpages so they can be read by screenreaders.
- Not all devices can read PDFs.
- Skip links are required for repetitive navigation.
- Users don’t want to have to read through the same thing every time if they are already aware of the navigation structure.
- Add label tags to all of your forms
- Don’t use click here wording, update it to the verb that states what it is doing.
- If linking to PDF, share in the link text that this is headed for a PDF.
- Listen to a website by skipping through the headings. Section the content up this way.
- Make site navigable by keyboard only!
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